Things You’re Unlikely To See #1

18 Responses to “Things You’re Unlikely To See #1”

  1. 2 moiradancer February 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I need this magazine before it’s too late, NQLB. I’m starting to feel that my image is getting a bit too close to Mickey Rourke’s character in ‘The Wrestler’ for my liking!

  2. 3 Rose February 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Weirdly, now I am on the list for hearing aid related junk mail (from proper people not those “free hearing aid” ads on the back of the Yellow Pages) I get quite a lot of magazines like this one! Mostly featuring people doing all kinds of crazy sporting activities “I like to go Rock Climbing in my new Starmans R81C12e(a)!”. Sadly they always feature the new smallness or ultrasmallness.

    According to Phonak “everyone” is looking for smaller hearing aids all the time. They haven’t been following the posts on AllDeaf from people saying they wish their hearing aids were massive with flashing lights and bells on and a huge neon sign saying “I’m not ignoring you, I’m deaf”, nor those from owners of a pair of arthritic hands who try to apply the latest in small design without catapulting it at a wall. Nor those saying they wouldn’t mind pulling a hearing aid behind them on a trolley if that made it 1,000 times more functional. Ah well.

    • 4 moiradancer February 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Ah, it is a tantalising thought that sound quality and overall design could one day be prized over smallness. Once the current iPod generation have deafened themselves in style, they may demand equally stylish status symbol hearing aids. Why, the body worn aid could even enjoy a revival if Apple kitted it out as an iPod. Until then, those who are physically or temperamentally unsuited to fiddling with small hearing aid parts are rather stuffed.

      We’re also denied an ‘off’ switch for reasons of size. I can’t think of any other modern piece of high-tech digital equipment where you have to open the battery compartment to switch the damn thing off. It took me about two hours to work out how to do it the first time because i didn’t believe that could possibly be how it was designed to work!

      How come you get all the good hearing aid bumph πŸ™‚ I only get stuff with pictures of silver haired pensioners enjoying the benefits of invisible hearing aids on cruises, and cupping their hands behind their ears on the golf course…

  3. 5 Carl Green February 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I could not agree more on the hearing aid ads! Its senseless! I’m 35 and quite sick of the “invisible” hearing aid. In fact, I am going back to my Hearing specialist and requesting a traditional BTE (as opposed to the miniRITE I have now) with a normal in the ear mould! These teeny things are far too little and don’t seem sturdy enough for a normal man to wear! Ok, rant over. NO MORE SENIOR ADs! So there! hehe

    p.s hearing great in the moulds, just having an issue with them wanting slip out by the end of the day. Escaping moulds is not a good thing πŸ˜‰ So, going back and requesting big ear gear πŸ™‚

    • 6 moiradancer February 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

      Go Carl, you tell ’em! They’ll never lure us whippersnappers in with the promise of 50 quid off a SAGA holiday.

      Re size is everything, my NHS Chroma S is certainly of manly proportions with its size 13 battery, and has survived quite a few catapultings and falls. I have come to love its orthotic beigeness, and I’m worried that a matching pair will no longer be able to be found in clinic O’s big hearing aid cupboard.

      Having a few slippery dome issues myself this week, as my punishing pre-syringing almond oil in the ear regime continues apace. That stuff gets everywhere!

      • 7 Eloise February 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

        Agreed with the size – The smaller and harder to notice means that people don’t realise you are actually not trying to be rude but rather you just can’t hear them!! Hopefully when I get my new moulds (I too have decided to switch from domes), people might be able to see better that I don’t intend to ignore them!

        I would rather I didn’t get OAP ads for hearing aids like I do currently either… πŸ˜‰

      • 9 moiradancer February 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm

        Now THAT’S what I call a hearing aid, Rose. Carl, you’re going to have to get ones that take 2 AA batteries to get a look-in πŸ™‚

        Eloise, don’t be tempted to take the competition to the next level, who knows where we’ll all end up!

      • 10 Eloise February 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

        Wow, that certainly is a hearing aid!

        Moira – Oh I won’t, I think it would literally end up car battery sized by the end of it! ;D

      • 11 Carl Green February 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm

        I just realised….are we having a hearing aid size contest….??? LOL!!!!!

        This is a new one!

  4. 12 Rose February 13, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    They’ve got an app for that, you know! You can use your smartphone mic to amplify sound around you and listen to it through your headphones. The iHearing iAid is already out there!

    • 13 moiradancer February 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      It’ll never catch on Rose…unless they find a way of being able to replicate the sound of wasps in the circuitry, random chirps and beeps, etc, that you get with the real thing πŸ˜‰

  5. 14 Carl Green February 16, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Success! I will be fitted with the normal BTE hearing aids now YAY! With a “skeleton” mold. I will have a vent too but he says he has to size it just right…don’t know what that means! Anyways, more to come soon! I am feeling very manly now πŸ˜€

    • 15 Eloise February 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Carl – Which aids did you have before the new ones you’ll be getting? Mine aren’t miniscule, but they are on the smaller side of the BTE aids. I too will be getting the moulds though I’m not sure whether they’ll be skeleton or shell ones. He’ll have to size it just right so that he can get enough air to your ear canal in such a way that doesn’t cause feedback when inserted. Glad to hear the good news! πŸ˜€

      • 16 Carl Green February 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

        Hi Eloise,

        I have the Oticon miniRITE which is a very small bit of hearing aid behind my ear and a wire snakes down and has a speaker at the end which goes into my ear. It is TEENY. You can take a look at it at the website. I must say though, Oticon’s sound quality is AMAZING I am blown away with how natural it sounds, no tinny, waspy, chirpy sounds for me!

        To be honest, if I was in the UK I’d save my money and go private. It seems the NHS is making it worse!

        Moira, I was having a chat to my HIS about you and your particular set up. He face palmed himself! He reckons you should go more closed fit (like me) It seems the open domes leak out too much of the frequencies that we need. Also 2 are essential! hehe

        It seems we need to educate and ask ask ask. Thats what is giving me good results plus a nice HIS πŸ™‚

        Is everyone here a cookie biter?

        Carl AKA Cookie Monster (my new super-cool name lol)

      • 17 moiradancer February 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm

        Gawd Carl, thanks for that, that’s interesting what your HIS said. I’ve a feeling I may be in for a slightly bumpy ride in getting myself upgraded to two ears. I got so frustrated with all the problems I had with feedback and stuff at the beginning, that I haven’t dared mess with anything since then and have just put up with all the, shall we say, idiosyncrasies, of my current setup. I’m going to have to steel myself to ask questions for a change!

    • 18 Eloise February 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Oh wow, I will definitely look them up when I’m on the computer tomorrow. Unfortunately it is a case of the postcode lottery with the NHS… my hospital at home mis-diagnosed me and so caused two years of extra suffering, but the hospital in the city where I’m studying has a GREAT ENT clinic and I couldn’t be happier!

      Moira – agreed with Carl on the two aids. Two are almost always better than one.

      Not sure whether I’m a cookie biter… certainly I have dips but these change as my tinnitus changes. I think if the tinnitus wasn’t getting in the way so much, my hearing loss would show as just a flat moderate loss… interesting stuff! πŸ™‚

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